Spring and summer term
We started the Spring half term looking at the exciting topic of Traders and Raiders. This history topic delved into the invasion of Britain by the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. The children have loved learning about the characteristics of both the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings and how they shaped our history. The children have loved getting practical in their learning when they made their own Anglo Saxon longhouses and beaded jewellery.
During writing this half term, the children have written amazing narrative stories based on a Viking warrior. Using prepositions and adverbs, they have written exciting flashback stories expressing the historic lifestyle of Vikings. To finish this half term the children wrote exciting newspaper articles on an invasion of dragons at Sacriston Academy.
In Mathematics, we have been using written methods for division and applying these to word problems. Recently our maths topic has been fractions. During the last few weeks we have been learning to simplify fractions, add and subtract fractions, to name just a few of our learning strands.
Looking forward to next half term, Year 4’s topic will be Burps, Bottoms and Bile! This science topic focuses on the importance of looking after our bodies and the journey through our digestive system. Year 4 are looking forward to an exciting trip to the Life Centre in Newcastle to learn all about Teeth and Digestion in March.
In Maths No Problem we will be enjoying learning through the topic of Time and finish next term looking at the importance of decimals. As always, these topics will link and build on prior topics and use practical resources to underpin the crucial mathematical understanding. Each topic pushes the children into a deeper level of reasoning and problem solving to strengthen understanding.
Other aspects of the curriculum, which do not form part of the topic/theme are also taught as separate subjects. In Year 4 the children will continue to have music lessons on a Tuesday with Mr Wilkinson, who teaches the children brass. Our RE focus this next half term will be on Easter within the Christian calendar and religion.